Canadian Education News

Post-secondary not providing support for the next generation.
According to Betakit, there was a study by The Conference Board of Canada through its Center for Skills and Post-Secondary Education. They found the Canadian technology industry continues to grow and post-secondary students have further interest in that sector too.

However, “post-secondary education (PSE) institutions aren’t providing support for e-learning” to be able to prepare students for the “next generation of jobs.” E-learning is being adopted by multiple institutions across Canada.

It accounts for “10 to 15 percent of all full-time post-secondary enrolments”. The Vice President of Industry and Business Strategy at The Conference Board of Canada, Michael Bloom, said, “E-learning could profoundly change the way post-secondary education is designed and delivered.”

Attempts to capitalize on the marijuana industry in Canada’s schools
As well, Maclean’s has stated that Canadian schools are trying to make a profit from the marijuana industry. “Canadian producers are?upping their game by brining in professional management” as the preparation for the legalization of marijuana takes place.

Marijuana, or cannabis, will be a legalized controlled substance with the estimated industry to be worth $10 billion (CAD), which is based on CIBC estimations. With the maturation of the marijuana sales industry, there is an expansion into post-secondary institutions.

There has “been a push to have post-secondary institutions” provide the requisite training for this industry with an emphasis on “middle management”. Canadian schools could establish themselves as “global leaders in marijuana-related research and business training.”

BC sweeps the Canadian Innovators in Education Awards.
Market Wired states that the British Columbia school districts have had a “clean sweep” for the 2016 Canadian Innovators in Education Award Winners. Reader’s Digest Canada and The Canadian Education Association (CEA) awarded three school districts for “promoting lasting, system-wide change for K-12”.

First prize is worth $25,000. Second prize is worth $10,000. Third prize is worth $5,000. Profiles of the awardees will be present in the November issue of Reader’s Digest magazine.

First prize was award to the Fine Arts eCademy, which is Comox Valley School District 71. Second prize was award to the School District 5 Southeast Kootenay in Cranbrook, B.C. Third prize was awarded to West Vancouver School District in West Vancouver, B.C.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is an AUSU Councillor. He works with various organizations, and runs In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, and In-Sight Publishing.